Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Just picked up a head to build a pack axe. It’s a convex Dayton type pattern, just under 2 lbs. I have some thoughts on handle shape and length but I would be interested in others opinions on handle options. I’m thinking function over form. A tool that can fit in a pack or be strapped to the pack without sticking up too much. It should be able to split kindling, limb, and buck. Not too worried about detailed carving. I know the Hudson Bay pattern is a popular choice for this type of axe but I’m not a fan of the small pole and bit heavy balance. With that said they do look awesome. Anyway, thanks for any thoughts and or advice.